Tech suc­cess

Carta World­wide expects to hire more than 30 in P.E.I. in 2016

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS - twright@the­guardian.pe.ca

It may sim­ply ap­pear as quiet of­fice in a cor­ner of the At­lantic Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre in Char­lot­te­town, but Carta World­wide is do­ing some pretty ex­cit­ing things.

Since set­ting up shop in P.E.I. last year, the pay­ments pro­cess­ing com­pany has hired over 12 staff mem­bers and expects to hire 30 or more employees by the end of 2016, thanks to a soon-to-be an­nounced new bank­ing client.

Mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Paul Brand­ner says the com­pany is in a rapid grow­ing phase, but is com­mit­ted to ex­pand­ing its oper­a­tions in Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

“We would love to hire Is­lan­ders, that’s our pri­mary fo­cus,” he said.

“It’s a lovely place, good peo­ple and very fam­ily-ori­ented.”

Re­cently, NDP Leader Mike Red­mond pub­licly raised ques­tions about Carta World­wide, is­su­ing a news release call­ing on Fi­nance Min­is­ter Allen Roach to pro­vide an up­date on the com­pany’s suc­cess and whether it had reached its hir­ing pro­jec­tions.

In re­sponse, the com­pany opened its doors to The Guardian for a tour of its Char­lot­te­town of­fice, in­clud­ing a visit to its en­vi­ron­men­tally con­trolled, se­cure tech­nol­ogy racks in the bot­tom floor of the build­ing. Hun­dreds of lit­tle lights blink­ing through the racks re­vealed work be­ing done in the com­pany’s data cen­tres all the way in Cyprus and Morocco, cur­rently be­ing fil­tered and pro­cessed through the of­fice here in Char­lot­te­town.

“We were look­ing for a place where we could have a data cen­tre on Cana­dian soil. From a se­cu­rity per­spec­tive, large banks like the idea that their data is hosted in Canada,” Brand­ner ex­plained.

“We want to stay in Canada if we’re go­ing to start build­ing a larger op­er­a­tion.”

The com­pany was re­cruited to P.E.I. through In­no­va­tion P.E.I., but it was the se­cu­rity and tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the At­lantic Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre that sealed the deal for the com­pany de­cid­ing to make P.E.I. its Cana­dian home.

Carta did re­ceive a $10,000 grant for equip­ment from the provin­cial gov­ern­ment when it opened its doors in Septem­ber 2014. At that time, gov­ern­ment also said Carta would be el­i­gi­ble for up to $300,000 in labour sub­si­dies if it met its hir­ing pro­jec­tions.

The com­pany ac­knowl­edges it has re­ceived as­sis­tance from the provin­cial gov­ern­ment in set­ting up in P.E.I., but says this has al­lowed it to grow its staff to over 12 in 2015 and plans an even big­ger hir­ing spree in the new year when their new client is re­vealed.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing time for Carta Tech­nol­ogy. We have leadingedge pay­ments tech­nol­ogy and Carta is very proud to be build­ing that here and to be host­ing and ser­vic­ing North Amer­ica from the At­lantic coast,” said Ge­off Smith, di­rec­tor of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

“We’ve been for­tu­nate here, we have a great fa­cil­ity here, and Carta loves to be mo­bile pay­ments and tech­nol­ogy lead­ers and we’re do­ing it from here in Char­lot­te­town.”

Carta World­wide spe­cial­izes in dig­i­tal pay­ments and trans­ac­tion pro­cess­ing for pre­paid, debit, credit and loy­alty cards with clients that in­clude Visa, Master­card, Ap­ple and Vo­da­phone.

HEATHER TAWEEL/THE GUARDIAN

Carta World­wide mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Paul Brand­ner points out some de­signs by em­ployee Natalie La­touf de­vel­oped at the com­pany's of­fice in Char­lot­te­town. Carta spe­cial­izes in dig­i­tal pay­ments and trans­ac­tion pro­cess­ing for pre­paid, debit, credit and loy­alty cards.

HEATHER TAWEEL/THE GUARDIAN

Rick Munn of Carta World­wide, stands by the com­pany's en­vi­ron­men­tally con­trolled, se­cure tech­nol­ogy racks in Char­lot­te­town, used to process data com­piled by employees in Carta's of­fices in Cyprus and Morocco.

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